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Goldmund’s Eidos Reference Blue Blu-ray Player

Goldmund Eidos Reference Blue Blu-ray Player (Image courtesy UltimateAVmag.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

Looking for a Blu-ray player to compliment that $3,200 CD player you just picked up? Well this $135,000 model from Goldmund might just fit the bill. Their Eidos Reference Blue player is handmade in Geneva from 66 pounds of brass, aluminum and various electronics, and comes suspended on 4 spring-loaded legs sitting atop its own custom table. In other words, it probably won’t be squeezing into your entertainment center. But if for some reason you think this is a real deal, you better act fast and order one now since Goldmund will only be producing 50 units. Which is weird, since you’d think the demand for these players would be through the roof.

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Toshiba Announces First Blu-ray Player

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By Chris Scott Barr

If the announcement that Toshiba had put in for membership with the Blu-ray Disc Association wasn’t enough evidence that they had completely switched teams, here is further proof. The company has announced their first standa-alone Blu-ray player for the US, dubbed the BDX2000.

It’s a decently-priced player, coming in with a list price of $250 (expect retail to be a little less). There’s really not much to note, as it seems to be your regular run-of-the-mill player. 1080p, BD-Live and BonusView just to note the major features. Look for this on shelves sometime this November.

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Up Limited Edition On Blu-ray To Include Luxo Jr. Lamp

Up - Limited Edition Luxo Jr. Collectible Lamp Pack (Image courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Pixar’s Up will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in November, but fans of Carl Fredricksen and Russel’s adventure to South America might be particularly interested in this special edition of the movie that not only comes with a Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy of the film, but a replica of the Luxo Jr. lamp seen in the company’s animated logo as well. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for the Luxo Jr. Collectible Lamp Pack, but it will set you back a whopping $140. I mean the movie was was fun and all, but I can’t say I enjoyed it that much.

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Toshiba Officially Applies For Membership In The Blu-ray Disc Association

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By Chris Scott Barr

A while back we mentioned that Toshiba had plans to sell Blu-ray players overseas. Well the company made things official by joining the Blu-ray Disc Association. They will be releasing players later this year, though they did not specify which markets would be getting them.

You have to wonder how awkward it was for them to finally join the Blu-ray camp. After all, they spent years pushing HD-DVD and after giving up early last year they want to make players for the competition. As a consumer, I say the more the merrier. The more companies making players, the more room there is for competition. Competition, of course, (usually) means better prices.

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Toshiba Finally Hops On Board The Blu-ray Wagon

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By Chris Scott Barr

Remember back when there was a format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD? It seems just like yesterday that each side was persuading movie studios to back their particular disc. Well as we all know, Blu-ray won in the end when Toshiba announced that they were dropping the HD-DVD format. It’s been 18 months now, and apparently Toshiba has realized that they’re missing out on potential sales.

This week the electronics giant announced that they too would be releasing a Blu-ray player. Toshiba was a little vague on the details, as they didn’t specify where they would be launching it, just that it would be out by the end of the year. Honestly, more manufacturers equals more competition, which usually results in lower prices. I definitely think that things will be rather interesting when this holiday season rolls around, regardless of whether Toshiba has a player ready here in the US.

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Cargo Introduces Blu-Ray Makeup – Yeah, Like For The Face

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By David Ponce

High definition televisions are great. What’s not so great is the jolly bunch of celebrities who hurriedly started caking on makeup once they realized the new technology allowed their so-called fans to notice their skin imperfections. Here’s a newsflash Joan Rivers: we can see caked up makeup too! You understand of course that whenever there’s a need, a company will pop up to fill it. In this case a company called Cargo has started selling a line of makeup products called “Blu-Ray High Definition Makeup” that allegedly makes someone look “radiant and flawless” (read, not so damn old or pimply) while still looking natural. The products are made from “special pigments and high-tech ingredients”, which doesn’t tell us a whole lot or inspire much confidence. Then again, half of the products on the shelves nowadays find buyers on the strength of the marketing efforts alone. For what it’s worth, prices here seem just about in line with regular makeup products (or so a female friend tells me).

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Harman Kardon Enters Blu-ray Market

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By Shane McGlaun

There are gobs of Blu-ray players on the market today. I still think one of the better players is the PS3. I like that it has all the features you want from a Blu-ray player, can be updated with new features and plays great video games all for less than many other high-end Blu-ray players.

If you don’t want a PS3 there are certainly enough options available in the Blu-ray market and now there is one more brand to consider. Harman Kardon has announced its first Blu-ray player called the BDP1. You may recognize the Harman Kardon brand from the line of speakers the company has sold for years.

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Pioneer Electronics Unveils Three Blu-ray Players

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By Shane McGlaun

Every now and again, someone I know will ask me what Blu-ray player they should buy to go along with their new TV. I always tell them to get the PS3 because I think it’s one of the best Blu-ray players out there. I had a guy tell me he didn’t want video games in his house the other day and preferred a stand-alone Blu-ray player to the PS3.

For people who feel the same way Pioneer has launched a trio of new Blu-ray players including the Elite BDP-23FD, the BDP-120, and the BDP-320 models. The 23FD is aimed at the professional integrator looking for a player with full control capability for integrating into high-end home theaters. It includes a special KURO Link Picture Mode and a precision quartz lock system that helps prevent playback jitters. The 23FD sells for $599.Continue Reading

Sharp’s AQUOS DX To Include A Blu-ray Recorder

AQUOS DX (Image courtesy Sharp)
By Andrew Liszewski

At just 20 inches in size, you wouldn’t expect this new AQUOS DX LCD TV from Sharp to be brimming with features, and to be honest it’s not. It’s got a 1366×768 HD resolution with a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 450cd/m2 brightness, but what makes it unique is the fact that it will include both a DVD and Blu-ray burner built-in, allowing you to record over the air digital broadcasts to the medium of your choice.

Of course there’s no ETA on when the AQUOS DX will be hitting North America, but Japan will be privy to it come June for about $1,580.

[ Akihabara News – Sharp’s New AQUOS DX, World’s First 20” LCD TV with Blu-ray Recorder ]